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London Boutique Hotels – Styles That Set Them Apart

The distinctions among London bed and breakfasts, full-fledged London hotels and London boutique hotels which set each group apart have nothing to do with size, amenities or services provided. It quite simply comes down to a matter of “style”.

Boutique hotels revolve around a theme and each room within the hotel reflects that theme individually. Sometimes each room will have a name to denote its adherence to the theme and the room will be decorated in keeping with it.

London boutiques are fantastic examples of this increasingly popular type of hotel. The Brits are true experts in demonstrating how it should be done using imagination and good taste. Even when over-the-top, the British boutiques still come shining through as comfortable and beautiful gems that you will enjoy and want to come back to. In many cases, you’ll be so allured by the many displays of interesting items to feast your eyes on that you may not want to venture outside!

If you’ve ever been to Miller’s Residence, you’ll know what I mean. This lovely luxury boutique is set in the style of an 18th century residence. They have an eclectic assortment of rooms all echoing shades of the past surrounded by antiques and curiosities. All of their rooms are named after famous romantic poets to help get your imagination in gear. Choose from Keats, Blake, Byron, Shelley, Coleridge, Browning, Tennyson or Wordsworth. Each one is filled to the rafters with paintings, books, knick knacks, mirrors, period pieces and furniture all reminiscent of the era and the famed poet it is honoring.

For total and complete opulence in an Italian style, there is Baglioni’s. This London boutique is one of many Baglioni hotels throughout Europe and has won the distinctive recognition as one of the “Leading Small Hotels of the World”. This Tuscan-inspired hotel will greet you with a beautiful fountain, Italian ceramic and stone floors and unbelievable gold vases brimming with white roses. There are more than 50 suites here and you will have access to a personal shopper, a butler, spa, fitness centre, and don’t forget the chauffeur driven Maserati Quattroporte! The rooms are decorated in sumptuous fabrics and linens with gorgeous Venetian glass and mirrors all put together in a refined elegance.

When looking for a boutique – in London – here are a few tips to help in your selection:

  • Decide on where you want to stay, i.e. which area of London, before looking at the choices.
  • If you have predetermined needs, such as WiFi in your room, write these down. Most of the boutiques we show you will more-than-likely have these, but better just be sure.
  • Is it necessary for you to be by a tube stop?
  • How easy will it be to grab a cab? One of my absolute favorite boutiques is Blakes. But it’s tucked away in a residential area of Chelsea and sometimes it can be difficult to grab a taxi. (Chelsea in the evenings is especially hard to find a taxi as there are some great restaurants in the area and many people are finishing up their meals and leaving at the same time.) You may need to walk to a main road. If you’re unsure and this is important to you, call the hotel to see if they’ve a door man who will fetch one for you.

With all of those items checked, now it’s time to determine which hotel offers your preferred style. Do you like minimalist decor or are you a Victorian ambience junky? There are so many styles of boutiques in London that we have classified them to help you narrow down your choices by what you’re looking for as follows:

  • Traditional British
  • Quirky English
  • Continental
  • Modern Trendy

Bali – Where To Stay in Seminyak and What To Do

The coastal village of Seminyak is located just north of the Kuta and Legian Districts on the tourist coast of the beautiful island of Bali. In its entirety Bali is the epitome of paradise. The tiny Indonesian island has grown a reputation for high-end tourism over recent decades and is now considered one of the world’s ‘Hotspots’ for resort retreat tourism. It’s pretty unclear where each of the coastal villages spanning from Tuban in the south to Seminyak in the north begin and end. These days with so much development as a result of the tourism boom in Bali it is difficult to distinctly separate each of the localized areas as they tend to blend into one another. Regular visitors to Bali however can easily define each one of the village zones as they have a distinct character and flavor that attracts the hordes of tourists for vastly different reasons.

Tourism started to discover the village of Seminyak when Kuta beach rapidly became overcrowded with numerous hotels, restaurants and hundreds of small shops. Development in Seminyak has taken a vastly different approach to what took place in the earlier developed areas of Kuta and Legian. Focus has been more directed toward boutique style accommodation, shopping and dining. It has become the area of choice for the more discerning traveler looking for a higher level of refinement in the overall holiday experience. Apart from the tourism aspect Seminyak has become the location of choice for the expat population of whom the numbers are growing as more and more ‘Westerners’ choose to ‘set up camp’ in Bali on a permanent basis. The lifestyle is idyllic for so many reasons including the climate, cost of living, quality accommodation, the magnificent coastal environment and so much more. For many Australian’s it is not unreasonable to be living 6 months of the year at home and the other 6 months in Bali.

I personally know several people who have been doing this successfully for many years. As a tourist Seminyak attracts me for a number of reasons that combined create the perfect relaxation holiday experience. The five key elements include high quality accommodation facilities, superb dining options, an abundance of spa and wellness centers, magnificent beaches and fabulous boutique shopping. All of theses are essential ingredients for the perfect relaxation and indulgence holiday. So what does Seminyak specifically have to offer you may ask? The following lists are just a sample of the options available in each of the above categories. I have suggested these five particular venues in each category because I have had first hand experience and can comfortably recommend each and every one to you if you are considering a trip to Bali.

Accommodation:

  1. Disini Villas (1 bedroom Private Villas with pools)
  2. Kanishka Villas (1 & 2 bedroom Private Villas with pools)
  3. Anantara Resort (1 & 2 bedroom Private Villas with pools)
  4. Cicada Luxury Private Townhouses (1 & 2 bedroom Luxury Townhouses with pools)
  5. Villa Laksmana (1 to 5 bedroom Luxury Private Villas with pools)

Dining:

  1. Ultimo Restaurant (Italian cuisine and my personal favorite)
  2. Ku De Ta Restaurant (Western Fusion cuisine/ Amazing location)
  3. Breeze Restaurant at the Samaya Villas/Hotel (Western Fusion/ Amazing location)
  4. Made’s Warung (Indonesian traditional cuisine)
  5. The Living Room (Various Fusion cuisine)

Spa & Wellness Centers:

  1. Jari Menari (Highly recommended but make sure you book ahead)
  2. Chill (Unusual experience but worth it)
  3. Bodyworks Day Spa (Traditional service/ Again, book ahead)
  4. Espace Spa (Fabulous setting)
  5. Zensation (Wonderful ambiance)

Beaches:

  1. Kuta Beach (Busy but fun/great surf on its day)
  2. Legian Beach (Quieter than Kuta)
  3. Seminyak Beach (Much the same as Legian)
  4. Canggu Beach (In the North/ Very peaceful)
  5. Loivina Beach (A real attraction on its own)

Boutique Shopping:

  1. Uma & Leopold (Women’s high-end fashion)
  2. Biasa (Men’s & Women’s fashion)
  3. Bali Deli (Up-market gourmet food & condiments)
  4. Uluwatu Lace (Women’s fashion)
  5. Renegade Republic (Modern Fashion)

It is such a difficult task limiting myself to just five options in each category. Realistically there could be 20 or 30 options for each but for the purpose of the article alone this gives you a head start and a very basic idea of what is out there waiting for you. If you’re contemplating a trip to South-East Asia then Bali has to be at the top of the list, and Seminyak the ultimate destination. As always I wish you the most enjoyable travels.

Must-Knows About A Boutique Hotel

A hotel that is more personalized is called a boutique hotel. These hotels offer a more unique experience. They often have different room types like social rooms, living rooms, and luxury environments. They can be equipped with 24-hour service, WiFi connections, and honesty bars. These types of hotel focus on comfort and quiet. What sets them apart is that no 2 boutique hotels are alike. They usually accommodate fewer guests than regular hotels.

People often choose to stay in this kind of hotel because of the unique experience they can get. It is often more luxurious, relaxing and intimate.

Boutique lodging has been around for decades. Each varies depending on the services they offer, their architectural designs, and target market.

The Future Of Affordable Boutique Lodging

Boutiques can be modern or history, family-oriented, eclectic, or heavily themed. People’s sense of luxury is changing constantly. As technology evolves, guests often become savvier. Thus, hotel owners must make an effort to satisfy such types of customers.

How Owners Can Improve Their Hotels

Ask questions – You need to create trends instead of following them. This is indeed a great way to innovate your property. Consider thinking of the experiences you would like to enjoy but appear to be out of reach. Figure out if you can deliver any of your client’s wildest dreams and if there is a certain service you would love to offer.

Check out other industries – A great source as you envision the future is the business page. Allow high-tech innovations as well as trends influence your decisions. The right technology can actually help in transforming guest experiences. It would be a great idea for you to deliver sophisticated technology masked within the ambiance of your chosen them. Most of all, you must surprise your guests with a new form of luxury.

Consider your target guests – Determine who are travelling in your city along with their needs and desires. Be aware of the different generational conflicts and influences in your society.

Take some risks – Coming up with a unique property will mean digging into something that people have not seen before. Wow them with a customized room. Always be reminded that the future of boutique hotels start with an innovative, fresh idea that is new to the marketplace. Don’t hesitate to take risks.

With more and more hotels being built these days, think of ways on how yours can be different. Offer something that is one-of-a-kind. If you want to experience affordable boutique lodging, click here.